Beth Oppenheim

Beth Oppenheim

Performance Designer

  • Location: London
  • Freelancer: Available

I am a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the University of Cambridge, where I read English Literature, graduating with a first class degree. Design credits include: ‘En Folkefiende’ at the King Dome in the Pleasance Theatre, directed by Andrew Whyment, and 'The Marriage of Figaro' at the Hub Theatre, directed by Ben May. I am currently working on 'Offside', a new play about women's football, written by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, and directed by Caroline Bryant. I am also currently assisting designer Tom Piper.

I believe that theatre should explore the contemporary political landscape. At its best, theatre provokes debate and asks hard questions. When designing for a text from the past, I identify the social anxieties and issues at stake, and find their contemporary parallels. I find myself drawn to verbatim theatre, as it blends the theatrical with the journalistic. It also enables the expression of marginalised voices, and encourages greater diversity of both cast and audience.

I am fascinated by the translation of text into space. Studying English Literature has shaped my approach to design. I have a text-based approach, and my designs begin from the words and concepts rather than an aesthetic. I love language, and see my role as transforming verbal concepts into a visual metaphor. Theatre design allows me to convert abstract thoughts into tangible physical constructions. I value the dialogue with a director, where thoughts can be tested, interrogated and driven forward to construction and conclusion.

Education

Design for Performance - MA - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Sep 2015 - Present

English Literature - BA Hons - University of Cambridge

Oct 2011 - Jun 2014

Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Copy-editing
  • Costume
  • Costume Design
  • Creative Drawing and Illustration
  • Fabric Sourcing
  • Google SketchUp
  • Hand-sewing
  • Research
  • Scenic Art
  • Set Design
  • Set Dressing
  • Sourcing
  • Storyboarding
  • Typing

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